Panasonic HIT Photovoltaic Solar Panels will be fitted onto all
2200 homes in Christchurch's proposed Highfield subdivision, making
it New Zealand's biggest solar community.
The 180-hectare site - between Redwood, Mairehau, Belfast and
Marshland - is bigger than Hagley Park and was identified by
Environment Canterbury as suitable for housing in 2009. Each
roof would have at least four thin photovoltaic panels, each
generating 235 watts and weighing 15 kilograms.
The systems, consisting of both photovoltaic and hot-water panels,
will supply about a quarter of a typical home's energy needs.
The panels will be fitted and installed by Nelson based firm, Solar City, with the first
homes scheduled for completion by December 2012.